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Afghan field commander wants Ottawa to provide his troops with new assault rifles and armoured vehicles to fight Taliban

Mar 19, 2007 04:30 AM

MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan–One of Afghanistan's top field commanders wants Canada to provide his troops with better weapons to fight the Taliban.

For the past year, Lt.-Col. Shereen Shah Kohbandi's 2nd Kandak (battalion) has been roaring into battle in Ford Ranger pickup trucks while their Canadian brothers-in-arms ride in heavily armoured LAV-3s and RG-31s.

While some of the pickups are mounted with Soviet-era heavy machine-guns, the "Built Ford Tough" slogan used by the automaker provides little protection against Taliban rocket-propelled grenades or roadside bombs.

"We have nothing. We have no strong weapons," Kohbandi said in an interview inside his mud-brick compound.

"I have good officers and soldiers – brave. For four years

Added: Mar-20-2007 
By: pooody
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: war, afghanistan, usa, ana, cf, canadian, canada, afghan
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